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April 08, 2015

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It may seem obvious, but there are a number of things you do in your day to day life that are adversely affecting your skin; and despite the obvious nature of this fact, we all have bad habits that will show up on our faces (if they haven’t already). It’s not just the contents of the various bottles surrounding your sink that keep your skin healthy looking - there are a number of lifestyle choices that can hurt your skin, potentially doing more damage than you think.

SMOKING

This is the most obvious one, and without even getting into all the damage it does to the insides of your body, the evidence smoking leaves on your face is enormous. The toxins in cigarette smoke make your skin dull, dry and more susceptible to wrinkles. Blood vessels under your skin begin to constrict, resulting in your skin looking pale and uneven. These toxins also reduce the production of elastin and collagen, causing sagging, less-elastic skin and deeper wrinkles.

NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

We all know what it looks like when a late night manifests on your face: puffy eyes along with dull, sagging skin is not a good look for anyone. Your skin also goes into full-on repair mode when you go into slow-wave sleep (deep sleep), so missing out on this means your skin isn’t getting the time it needs to repair. While you may think that 6 hours is more than enough, the fact is that your body requires 7-9 hours in order to function properly. Apart from the number of ways sleep-deprivation can negatively affect your body, one of the obvious traces of evidence that lack of sleep leaves behind is the damage it does to your face.

DRINKING ALCOHOL

Happy hour has a much more detrimental affect on your skin than you may have initially thought. From the tired eyes, to the red blotches, to the grey sagging skin, to rosacea, turns out that rye and ginger is a recipe for a not-so-sexy face. While alcohol can affect different people in different ways, the fact that it’s a risk needs to be taken into consideration. I’m not here to be telling you how much you should or shouldn’t be drinking, but I am here to inform you of the damage you may be inadvertently doing to your face. Think about it!

POOR DIET

Another lifestyle choice that negatively affects your skin is poor diet. It may seem like another obvious point, but among the known issues a poor diet can cause, people tend to overlook the damage it can do to your skin. One of the primary ways to improve the health and appearance of your skin is to ensure you’re drinking plenty of water. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but it will also make you less tempted to drink sugary soft drinks. Another way to improve your skin via the food you eat is to get more vitamins A, C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Pay attention to these ingredients, and you’ll be on your way to a fresh face in no time!

Remember, anything you do that has a negative impact on your skin is likely causing damage to your insides that is exponentially worse. Try to avoid these 4 factors as much as possible, and you’ll be more likely to keep your face in check.

 

 

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